Dental Filling Options for Cavities | Manhattan Beach Dentist

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Cavities, otherwise known as caries or tooth decay, occur when plaque rest upon enamel and damages the outer surface of the teeth. If you are an individual suffering from cavities, it is important that you get treatment as soon as possible. Untreated cavities can eventually lead to damage in the delicate tissue and nerves that lie within your teeth.

Treatment options for cavities comes in a multitude of platforms. Most often times they will occur in a filling form. The good news is that we have come a long way from treating cavities with those ugly traditional metal fillings. Here are some types of fillings that are currently available.

  • Amalgam Fillings

These types of fillings have been used for more than 100 years and are still used today. These are your typical combination of elemental metals that result in a silver type of colored. They aren’t nearly as natural looking as other types of fillings.

  • Composite Fillings

These fillings are a tooth color material made from glass, or quarts and resin. These fillings are more durable and look more natural than amalgam fillings.

  • Glass Ionomer Fillings

Glass ionomers are also tooth colored. They are made of acrylic and glass and are used to fill cavities at the root surfaces of the teeth.

  • Resin Ionomer Fillings

Resin ionomers are natural looking fillings made from acrylic and glass filler. They are made to fill small cavities between teeth or on the root surfaces of teeth.

  • Custom Made Dental Restorations

If circumstances apply, you may need a special custom form of a filling for your tooth. This includes a custom made inlay that filled the removed portion of your tooth. These restorations can be made from porcelain, metal allows, gold, or composite materials. Porcelain restorations are durable, but the material can irritate adjacent teeth.

For more information on how fillings will rejuvenate your smile and help with cavities, call Dr. Yamada in Manhattan Beach, CA at 310-546-2595 or visit

Dr. Yamada also proudly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach, Ranchos Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, Redonda Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Torrance, Playa Del Rey, and surrounding areas.

At Home Remedies for Periodontal Disease | Manhattan Beach Dentist

flossing Periodontal disease affects a large array of individuals. This type of oral condition can prove to be very uncomfortable and at times painful when left untreated. Here are some at home remedies that may be used to ease some of the pain.

  1. Regular Teeth Brushing: Brushing your teeth on a regular basis is one of the biggest lines of defense against periodontal disease in the first place. Bacteria that sit on your teeth after long periods of time create havoc on your gums.
  2. Flossing: Floss regularly to clean the spaces between your teeth in which brushing cannot reach. If you don’t remove plaque buildup found between your teeth, it hardens into something known as tartar, which requires a more extensive form of cleaning.
  3. Rinsing: After brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash that helps destroy bacteria left over by the prior two forms of cleaning.
  4. If you find your mouth to be in pain due to the swelling of the gums, try a lifestyle change. Reducing stress helps your oral health because your immune system is less compromised when you’re relaxed.
  5. Sea Salt Solution: Using water infused with salt draws out infection in your swollen gums.

For more information about periodontal disease and treatment options call Dr. Yamada in Manhattan Beach, CA at 310-567-2595 or visit Dr. Yamada of Manhattan Beach, CA also proudly accepts patients from Ranchos Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, Redonda Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Torrance, Playa Del Rey, and surrounding areas.